BART Blue Sky Festival, San Francisco, CA

Monday April 11, 2011 at 4:04 PM | 1 Comment

BART Bue Sky Festival, Nancy D. Brown, Green, environment

Are you environmentally-aware? Do you recycle, carpool, use a clothes line, grow your own garden and shop locally? If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you’ll want to attend BART Blue Sky Festival. It takes place the day before Earth Day, on Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco and it is FREE.

Get great environmental information and giveaways from dozens of eco-exhibitors, healthy and organic food samples and listen to live music by the Venusians!

Get a BART Blue Sky Passport at the festival, fill it with stamps from six festival exhibitors and redeem it for a free $6 BART ticket. The first 5,000 people who turn in a completed passport will get a free $6 BART ticket right at the festival!

All stamped passports will be entered in a drawing to win one of two Giant Expressway 2 folding bikes. Official rules available at the festival. Folding bikes are allowed on all trains – BART bike rules.

BART Blue Sky Story – Enter & Win

Tell BART your Blue Sky Story and you could win BART tickets up to $500. Submission deadline for the contest is Monday, May 9, 2011.

BART Blue Sky Festival Environmental partners


This San Mateo-based company is leading the way in the new sharing economy.  Do you have a snowboard or snow chains sitting in your garage taking up space? List them on and generate some income from renting your stuff. What if you need a tent or backpack for that camping vacation this summer? Find it on rentalic. Now how earth-friendly is that?

City of San Francisco Department of Environment


Breathe California

City Car Share

Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture

EarthShare California

Greenbelt Alliance

TMASF Connects

Walk Oakland/Bike Oakland


Rock n’ Socks



Alameda Bikes

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

City of Oakland – Environmental Services

Eucalyptus Magazine

Rickshaw Bagworks

Bay Nature Institute

Sun Power Corporation

Clipper Card

SF Municipal Transportation Agency

Living Green Design Solutions

Green Jobs Network

Premier Organics

Alter Eco Organic and Fair Trade Dark Chocolate

Vasquez Coffee

Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance

Jamba Juice


Capitol Corridor

UC Berkeley Extension

Habitat for Humanity

Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation

Lyngso Garden Materials

Bio Pac Cleaning Products

What are your favorite things to do in San Francisco, California?

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ExOfficio Insect Shield Halo Shirt – Travel Apparel Review

Friday April 8, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

Spring and Summer Travel – Bring on the Bugs

Women's Insect Shield, Halo shirt, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Women’s ExOfficio Insect Shield Halo Shirt travel apparel review

Spring is here and summer is around the corner. Whether you are a traveler, equestrian, fisherman, gardener, camper or outdoor recreation enthusiast, you’ll want to consider ExOfficio clothing, made with Insect Shield.

Insect Shield® clothing and gear repels a variety of insects including mosquitoes and ticks that can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and Dengue Fever. The protection is invisible, odorless and lasts through approximately 70 washings. For the neat-nicks out there,  this is one shirt you don’t want to wash until it is necessary due to the embedded Insect Shield technology.

Unlike traditional topical repellents, Insect Shield products cannot be misused or over-applied. Insect Shield technology is EPA-registered, and can be worn or used by infants, children, and women who are pregnant or nursing. I take comfort in the fact that the EPA has endorsed this product line because in Northern California, we live in Lyme disease country.

Horseback Riders Keep Ticks Away

As an equestrian, I often encounter ticks after a day of horseback riding.The Halo long-sleeved women’s shirt retails for $60 and is a great addition to the horseback rider and traveler’s wardrobe.


Travel Writer, Nancy D. Brown, fishing, alaska, yetna river

Alaska, Fishing and Mosquitoes

If you are a frequent reader of this What a Trip blog, you are aware that I love fishing; especially salmon fishing in Alaska and Canada. The only down-side of river bank fishing in Alaska and Canada is the bugs. The mosquitoes are as big as bumble bees and very annoying when you are trying to fish.  Insider Tip:  rather than slather on the DEET bug spray, your skin will thank you when you put on an ExOfficio Halo Shirt with Insect Shield technology. The company offers Insect Shield bandannas, too.

Quick Facts
Which bugs do Insect Shield products repel?
Insect Shield garments repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges or no-see-ums.
Insect Shield gear repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas.

Does Insect Shield have an odor?
No. Insect Shield protection is invisible and odorless – you cannot tell it is there – but the bugs can.

Is it EPA-registered?
Following many years of extensive product testing, Insect Shield apparel and gear have been successfully registered by the Environmental Protection Agency – the EPA.

Can my kid’s wear Insect Shield?
Insect Shield can be worn by infants, children of any age and women who are pregnant or nursing.

The environment?
Since the Insect Shield repellent is tightly bound to a fabric’s fibers so it is a great alternative to traditional insect repellents, which have to be applied directly on your skin.

Who recommends insect repellent apparel?
•    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
•     World Health Organization (WHO)
•    National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety
•    The American Academy of Family Physicians,
•     Public Health Agency of Canada

For more information on ExOfficio or Insect Shield you may follow ExOfficio on Twitter, as well as Insect Shield on Twitter and I am also on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of ExOfficio. Insect Shield supplied me with the ExOfficio Insect Shield Halo shirt for review.

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Mexico’s Marquis Los Cabos Introduces Mini Spa Treatments

Wednesday April 6, 2011 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

Marquis Los Cabos, Mexico, spa

Marquis Los Cabos, Mexico Spa Experiences

New Mini Spa Indulgences Menu Now Offered As Part of Marquis Los Cabos’ “Customized Luxury”

Marquis Los Cabos Resort recently debuted a new Mini Spa Indulgences Menu  composed of five 25 minute treatments.  Available at Spa Marquis, Los Cabos the mini treatment menu includes an Express Facial, Tanning Exfoliation, Papaya Exfoliation which uses the Papaina enzyme to revive dead cells and reduce wrinkles, and Back & Neck and Reflexology Massages.  The Mini Indulgences Spa Menu is part of the resort’s new approach to service, “Customized Luxury.”  From mini-indulgences menus to full spa days, Marquis Los Cabos allows guests to personalize their hotel stay.  The mini spa indulgences cost $75 each.

Experience Marquis Los Cabos Customized Luxury

I’ll be experiencing Marquis Los Cabos customized luxury for myself April 14-17, 2011 and will report back to you on my trip. From horseback riding, to whale watching in the Sea of Cortez and a Tapas cooking class with Marquis Executive Chef Thierry Dufour, I’ll share Marquis Los Cabos deluxe travel experience in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Marquis Los Cabos Gives Back:

Featured in National Geographic Traveler’s “Hotels with a Heart,” the Marquis Los Cabos donates five percent of the hotel’s annual revenue for the staff’s education and health care in its Marquis University.  Since 2003, the resort has helped on average 20 employees a year obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.

About Marquis Los Cabos:

The 237 all-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort is located on the southern most tip of the Baja California peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, and is minutes from the Old World village of San Jose del Cabo as well as the  town of Cabo San Lucas.  The resort features a 15,000 square foot holistic spa and fitness center, a gourmet restaurant and an extensive collection of Latin American sculpture and painting on display in public areas.  Since its 2003 opening, Marquis Los Cabos has earned “World’s Best” (Travel + Leisure); “Gold List” (Condé Nast Traveler); “Best Value” (Condé Nast Traveler); the AAA Four Diamond, and the Five Star Diamond for its Canto del Mar restaurant.  Marquis Los Cabos is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and the only member of Leading Spas of the World.

What are your favorite things to do in Los Cabos, Mexico?

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Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa

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